Socks and Ties and Underpants – A Father’s Day Story by OUR HOUSE author Tom Easton

On Tuesday after school Mummy banned us from using screens and made us all go out into the garden. We didn’t really mind. No-one wanted to watch TV anyway because William D had sat on the remote that morning and somehow made the screen go orange and we couldn’t turn it back.
“It’s Father’s Day on Sunday,” Mummy said as I wandered past the kitchen door. “Go and ask Daddy what he wants.” Continue reading Socks and Ties and Underpants – A Father’s Day Story by OUR HOUSE author Tom Easton

New October Books

It’s the first day of October and we’ve got some gems for you this month! Watch the video below to find out more about our new titles.

SNOWBALL: THE BABY BIGFOOT by Ruth Symes, Illustrated by Tina Macnaughton
MEGASTAR: THE FINCREDIBLE DIARY OF FIN SPENCER by Ciaran Murtagh, Illustrated by Tim Wesson
HEATHER’S PIGLETS by Harry Oulton

And two gorgeous new editions:

A PIG CALLED HEATHER by Harry Oulton
THE RETURN OF A PIG CALLED HEATHER by Harry Oulton

And of course, head to our Twitter @piccadillypress for a chance to win our new books!

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New September Books

This month we’ve got two brand new (and very colourful!) books for you. Want to know more? Watch the video below:

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Beasts of Olympus: Dragon Healer by Lucy Coats

The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life by Mark Lowery

We also filmed a hilarious video with Mark Lowery, who explains why doughnuts are so dangerous:

And if you’d like a chance to win our new books, head over to our Twitter @PiccadillyPress. Happy reading!

A Kingdom Of Horses by Zillah Bethell

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of a heartfelt and emotional middle grade story – A KINGDOM OF HORSES by Zillah Bethell. Editor Matilda Johnson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for KINGDOM, plus a second untitled book from Julia Churchill at A.M. Heath at auction. The book will publish in hardback in autumn 2016, followed by a paperback edition in spring 2017.

The story follows Serendipity Gouge, a twelve year old living in Lahn Dahn, a city with a wall around it, ten people high, called the Emm Twenty Five. Nobody comes in and nobody goes out. The rich live in crystal towers with magnificent wealth and the poor spend their days doing back breaking physical labour for a lone potato or a sup of goat’s milk.

Serendipity loves horses, but no-one in Lahn Dan has ever seen one. All that remains are statues and paintings, as well as the little wooden horse her mother gave her. But when Serendipity’s mother dies, she is left all alone and the Minister’s law means that orphans will shortly be moved into work-houses. Serendipity knows she must get away. When she finds a map that suggests there is life outside of Lahn Dahn, and a place where horses roam, she knows she needs to escape from the city, out beyond the wall and the Minister’s grip. With the help of a trader boy called Tab, and his little dog Mouse, she heads into the unknown to find the horses she’s always dreamed of.

This is a journey of hope and freedom, escape and adventure, perfect for fans of THE LAST WILD.

Zillah Bethell was born in a leprosy hospital in Papua New Guinea, spent her childhood barefoot playing in the jungle, and didn’t own a pair of shoes until she came to the UK when she was eight. She was educated at Oxford University and lives in Wales with her family. Zillah has written two adult novels for a small Welsh press. This is her first children’s book.

Matilda Johnson said:

“I was absolutely captivated by Serendipity’s voice from the first page and am thrilled that Zillah is joining the Piccadilly list. She is a natural storyteller.”

Zillah Bethell said:

“I am delighted to be joining the excellent list of Piccadilly Press. Such awesome books that they are. I am trespassing on air!”

We hope you’re all as excited about A KINGDOM OF HORSES as we are!

New June Books

This month we’re publishing 2 new titles and we have the fabulous rejackets of Fleur Hitchcock’s Shrunk series! Click on the book titles below the images for more info.

Shrunk Covers

SHRUNK! by Fleur Hitchcock

SHRUNK! MAYHEM & METEORITES by Fleur Hitchcock

SHRUNK! GHOSTS ON BOARD by Fleur Hitchcock

Piccadilly Covers

ONLY WE KNOW by Simon Packham

SUNK! A SHRUNK ADVENTURE by Fleur Hitchcock

If you’re interested in winning all of our June titles, head over to our Twitter page, @PiccadillyPress. Happy reading!

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New April Books

Happy publication day! We’ve got a bunch of fantastic new books out today (+ a lovely new cover) and in the video below Livs will tell you all about them

April Titles

THE SECRET ANIMAL SOCIETY: SPIKE THE SEA SERPENT by Ruth Symes
FLEECED by Julia Wills
RAMPAGE by Julia Wills
JUSTICE by Jeffrey Salane
THE ENDLESS TRIALS OF TABITHA BAIRD by Arabella Weir
VOICES IN STONE by Emily Diamand

Can’t wait to read them all? Head over to our Twitter @PiccadillyPress for a chance to get your hands on all our April titles. And of course we’d love to hear about which books are on your April to read list.

Happy reading!

Oh My Greek Gods – A Beasts of Olympus Review

The Review Crew is back with another HILARIOUS review! This time they discuss BEAST KEEPER, the first in the BEASTS OF OLYMPUS SERIES by Lucy Coats with illustrations by David Roberts.

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Thanks to Jasen Booton and the fantastic Review Crew!

You can buy BEAST KEEPER here:
Waterstones  / AmazonFoylesiTunes

New March Books

Today we’ve got Alex to talk you through all our exciting new titles! Watch the video to find out which books are coming out in March.

March Titles Piccadilly

For more information about the books, head over to the GoodReads pages by clicking on the titles below:

Spies in Disguise: Boy in Heels by Kate Scott
The Amber Crown (Deep Amber #3) by C.J. Busby
Stuntboy: The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer by Ciaran Murtagh

Are any of these on your To Read list? Let us know in a comment below or on Twitter @Piccadillypress.

Let’s Talk Love! Our Valentine’s Day Picks

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t resist going through the Piccadilly backlist to give you a lovely selection of teen stories with a romantic theme. Enjoy!

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First up, we have NEPTUNE’S TEARS, a futuristic love story that follows Zee McAdams, a healing empath at a busy hospital where she meets (and falls in love with) David Sutton. Her attraction is complicated by the fact that he is an alien, a group whose presence – and purpose – on Earth is deeply mistrusted. But the more time she spends with him, the more she’s drawn to him. Will she have the courage to follow her heart, no matter where it takes her?

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If you’re looking for a heart- wrenching and beautifully told tale, TESSA IN LOVE by Kate Le Vann will be right up your street. Tessa, a quiet sixteen year old girl, finds a soulmate in scruffy green activist Wolfie. But just when their love is at its strongest, tragedy strikes. Keep a box of tissues handy for this ‘un!

Another one that will definitely pull at the heartstrings is the aptly titled SHADES OF LOVE featuring three irresistible love stories in one. Warm, witty and insightful, what more could you ask for?

For a lighter read, may we recommend MATES, DATES AND FLIRTING by Cathy Hopkins. The girls from the popular MATES, DATES series: Izzie, Nesta, TJ and Lucy, have rallied together to give you the real ‘low-down’ on how to get that boy. Perfect for bagging the boy of your dreams or just to have fun being fabulously flirty!

Hollywood comes to town in the hilarious STYLE SISTERS: CALIFORNIA CRUSH by Liz Elwes, featuring Carrie, left behind in dreary England whilst her friends holiday in exotic locations. But when she discovers Hollywood teen star Gregg Madison is in town, things really start to look up!

Did any of these pique your interests? Let us know what your favourite swoon-worthy teen book is!